Aria by Richard Rodriguez Essay

1396 Words Sep 28th, 2012 6 Pages
Aria & The Cosmopolitan Tongue

Language, Is it and art or is it a science? I will have to argue it’s a mix of both. Webster’s Dictionary defines Science as follows; A branch of knowledge or study dealing with a body of facts or truths systematically arranged and showing the operation of general laws. You must admit, it pretty much describes the study of any established language. Websters Dictionary also defines Art as follows; The quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance. Case closed! Language is a marriage of art and science whom, through many eons, have produced many children. They, the children, in reference to languages
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It must have been very intimidating. But on the other hand, I think his view on departing from his Spanish tongue like if it was the plague was a little heavy handed. Going back to comparing a language to an art form; is like throwing away your guitar that you played with such joy, just because you’ve learned how to play the piano! Why not keep both! Make them complement each other. I have always thought; the more you know the merrier! I think that Richard came to resent the Spanish language because he felt it isolated him from the public. I felt he also had resentment towards his parents, especially his father, for not being fluent in the public language. But, in some weird way, I can sympathies with this also, sadly. I can remember when friends will come to visit when growing up. My parents will speak to me in Spanish in front of them and I will be embarrassed that they were not speaking to me in English! I will answer back in English, I will not talk that “beaner” language, God forbid my friend heard me talk such utterance! To which my mom will snap back “no te agas pendejo!”…ah, my good old mom, always had a way of “grounding” me. I agree with Richard 100% on the fact that if the public has established a language, one as a foreigner or outsider, must find ways to adopt “their” language. Now a days there is no excuse not to do so, with the internet, youtube, languge apps for your ‘smartphones’

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